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Family and Community Engagement

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Welcome to the FACE Webpage

Hello and welcome to the Newburgh Enlarged City School District’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) webpage.

The page has informative strategies, resources and supports to assist families in the valuable and complex work of parenting. The site also offers information to enable families to support the academic and social-emotional growth of their child. The Newburgh Enlarged City School District appreciates the significant role that families play in the lives of their children and how families and vested stakeholders shape communities in which we live. The home is the first place of learning and families create environments, encourage values, and teach life lessons which shape how children see themselves and others, and the world around them. Families have the ability to motivate young minds to have a thirst for learning and dreaming, which is why the Newburgh Enlarged City School District believes that partnership and collaboration with families and the community are vital to the education of a child. Successful partnerships and collaborations lead to diversity and inclusion, creative solutions, and fulfilling the needs of all learners in our school district.

We encourage families to be engaged in their child’s education through involvement at their child’s school and working with their child at home. For ways to be involved in your child’s school please contact your child’s building principal, review school calendars and newsletters for upcoming events, join or like Social Media sites (district, school, PTO/PTA), download the Newburgh App and Apps used by teachers, and speak to PTA/PTO and Booster Clubs members. To be a volunteer at the District-level please contact Mrs. Pamela Peterson, Director of Family and Community Engagement. Please also take advantage of family engagement events offered at schools and by the District.

The NECSD endeavors to make this webpage useful, accessible, and easy to use, so if you have any suggestions regarding this webpage, please email Mrs. Pamela Peterson at ppeterson@necsd.net. Feel free to provide feedback and ideas regarding school-based and district-level parent involvement and education events as well. Thank you, and remember - get involved!

Department Events and Activities

The FACE Department hosts and partners with schools and community partners to provide a variety of family and community engagement events and activities throughout the year.  Events and activities are advertised by flyers, School Messenger (robocalls), the NECSD and other Apps, social media (Twitter, Facebook), FACE Forward (e-newsletter) and community partnerships.


Events and Activities for Families:

Back To School – A partnership with We Are Newburgh, a consortium of community agencies and community volunteers, done each August to support NECSD families. In addition to handing out school supplies, the event hosts recreation activities and a Community Based Organization Expo to provide families with information about healthcare, programs and services.

Parent Café – A family-to-family learning experience focusing on reflective conversation which promotes family learning and networking and highlights families’ needs in a comfortable environment. For more information contact Mrs. Pamela Peterson.


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Friday, June 21, 2019


Newburgh Basics – A community-based initiative supporting families of children 0 – 3 years of age. The Newburgh Enlarged City School District partners with the Newburgh Free Library to offer two Newburgh Basics cycles each year during the fall and spring. Little Rembrandts provides families the opportunity to do arts and crafts aligned the Newburgh Free Library’s Story Time for toddlers (reading and free play). Little Green Thumbs focuses on STEM based activities for toddlers and their families.

My Brother’s Keeper – a federal and state enterprise utilizing strategies and resource to close the achievement gaps amongst our scholars of color.

FACES of Hope – a celebration of hope and life by showcasing extraordinary young scholars in the NECSD community. FACES of Hope recipients are scholars that have overcome challenges in their lives and continue to thrive, support their peers, families and community. A family event is hosted each year in partnership with the community to recognize these scholars and provide a scholarship to further their education. FACES of Hope serves as a kickoff event for NECSD Day, a celebration of the NECSD community!

Colgate Van – For the 2018 – 2019 school year, the Colgate Van visited several of our elementary schools and provided dental screenings and supplies to 550 young scholars.

Lions Club Eye Screenings – the NECSD partners with the Lions Club to offer eye screenings for our Pre-K scholars. This partnership is coordinated under the supervision of our school nurses. This is an early detection process that support the eye health of our youngest scholars.

Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh Day for Kids – The FACE Department partners with the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh in celebration of youth throughout the school community. Families are given community resources and school supplies and participate in games to support physical health and well-being and to just have fun.

Twitter Chats and Town Halls with the Superintendent of Schools – Chat, brainstorm and share ideas with the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Roberto Padilla. Our Superintendent welcomes fresh and innovative ideas and feedback. He also wants to hear about concerns and challenges to ensure that all scholars and families are being supported. Please check the homepage of our District website and District social media for upcoming Chats or Town Halls or contact Ms. Cassie Sklarz, Communication Strategist, at csklarz@necsd.net.

Latino Family Literacy Project – A program for families of English as a New Language Learners (ENL). The program provides reading strategies to families to work with their children at home to establish a reading routine, increase vocabulary, and supports language acquisition for the family. The Project offers pre-school and elementary programs, as well as a secondary program that focuses on college readiness.

Literacy Happens – A Pre-K program for families that supports organic literacy development. The sessions teach families how to utilize the home and community environment as places of literacy and language development through everyday activities.


Title I Complains and Appeals/LEA Notification of Complaint Process for Parents

The Newburgh Enlarged City School District recognizes any public or nonpublic school parent/guardian, teacher or agency may file a complaint regarding Title 1 program services.  The District shall ensure all complaints are addressed in accordance with the following procedures. Download Procedure for Title I Complaints


Adult Basic Education Services

The Newburgh Enlarged City School District offers Adult Education classes. Current classes include pre-High School Equivalency, High School Equivalency, and English-as-a-Second-Language. The program also offers development of workforce skills, career exploration, basic technology skills, and case management.


Best Resource Center, 280 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
Monday through Friday – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Best Resource Center, 49 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY
Monday through Friday – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Grace United Methodist Church, 265 Van Ness Street, Newburgh, NY
English-as-a-Second Language
Monday through Friday – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please contact Ms. Vera Best, NECSD Adult Education Coordinator at 845-562-2378 or 914-805-5606 or email Ms. Best at vbest@necsd.net. Please ask about our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) opportunities.


Contact FACE Team

Pamela Peterson
Director of Family and Community Engagement

Address: 124 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

Phone: (845) 563-3458

Email: ppeterson@necsd.net

Virtual Family University Website





Family Sign-Ups

Attendance is important
Stay tuned for new updates on iPledge5

The Monthly Email Newsletter
Stay tuned for updates on FACEForward.


District Documents for Families

Volunteer Manual
  English | Spanish | Arabic | Simplified Chinese

Parent Notification Manual

Parent Involvement Policy
  English | Spanish | Arabic | Simplified Chinese

School-Parent Compact
 Elementary School | Middle School | High School


Sharing is Caring

Please consider sharing your time, talents, ideas and energy to support the Newburgh Enlarged City School District’s effort to support every child’s success every day.

Newburgh Equity Team –The Equity Team consists of community members and district staff interested in taking an objective approach to assessing equity issues around race, poverty and disabilities. If you are interested in participating please contact Ms. Berthenia Powell at 845-563-3511 or email Ms. Powell at bpowell@necsd.net. Thank you.

School-Based Parent-Teacher groups – Many of our schools are supported by parent-teacher groups (PTA, PTO, PTC, PTG) and booster clubs. Consider joining or just volunteering for an activity or event. Our students and schools need your help. Contact your child’s school for parent-teacher group contact information.



Videos for Families - Reading

Create a Family Reading Habit
(view in spanish)

Build Reading Skills and Comprehension
(view in spanish)

Instill a Love of Reading in Your Child
(view in spanish)

Motivate a Struggling Reader

(view in spanish)

Make Read-Alouds Come to Life!
(view in spanish)

Connect Reading to Real Life
(view in spanish)

More Videos Coming Soon

More Videos Coming Soon




English Language Learner (ELL) Programs in New York State

Parent Orientation Video
(view in spanish)


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